The sa48hr Film Experience
Some 48 Hour Film events are projects. Some are even challenges.
Welcome to a new kind of event - The San Antonio 48 Hour Film Experience. More than a project. More than a challenge.
The 2013 sa48hr is the weekend of November 22nd. The Screening is Thursday, Dec. 5th at the Guadalupe Theater. You and each of your team members must register for a ticket here.
This Year's Theme: NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING. ALL FILMS must incorporate a literal or figurative interpretation of the theme. Read the rest of the rules below.
Kick-Off Location: El Tropicano Hotel, Friday Nov. 22nd, 5:30-7:00 PM
Drop-Off Location: TBA 6:00-8:00 PM
** NOTE: Film turn-in format TBA. Digital quicktime files will be accepted.
SCREENING: Thursday Dec. 5th, you must have tickets!
T H E R U L E S
The sa48hr Film Experience is a little different that other challenges, in that each year, all films must incorporate a "THEME" into the film. For instance, the theme may be "FAMILY FILMS" or "BEST OF FRIENDS", and must include some aspects of that theme in the project.
This year's theme is NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING. Films are limited to 8 minutes in running time (including all credits), and may be shot on any format, but must be delivered on NTSC DVD or as a Quicktime file (see specs in the updates section to the right)
- Each team must preregister, and pay the $35.00 registration fee (payable to Texas Motion Picture Alliance)
- Each team must send at least one representative to the initial Friday 6:00 PM event to receive instructions and film criteria.
- Each team will draw for the following criteria:
o LOCATION *
- Each team will then leave to begin writing, producing and editing their film
- After production, all teams must deliver a completed film to the Challenge HQ, by 8:00 PM the Sunday of the event. No films will be accepted after the deadline.
- Films will be judged by a 3-5-member panel, consisting of local industry veterans, critics, or media educators.
- Awards will be presented at a reception following the weekend event.
* The sa48hr Film Experience is unique in that most other film challenges do not assign specific locations for each film. This year, locations will be assigned from a general list, such as "deserted highway", "historic neighborhood", "public art", or other location styles that will show off what great locations we have right here in San Antonio.
You must also turn in the following forms which you will receive at CHECK-IN:
FILM COMPLETION form
LIABILITY RELEASES for actors and locations
Digital submission information information below the GENRES and LOCATIONS below:
T H E G E N R E S (some may repeat)
Middle of Nowhere
Small Town USA
Additional Info including digital submission info:
This year, we are allowing our filmmakers to submit their films as a Quicktime file. To do this, you should bring a data DVD or USB flash drive with your film on it to the dropoff. Your film must be:
- self-contained (without references or links to other movie files)
- Standard Definition/SD (that is, 720x480 pixels)
- NTSC (that is, 30fps not 24p)
- without proprietary codecs (no Avid or Final Cut Pro codecs)
- on a data DVD (a DVD that will only open on a computer) or on a USB flash drive
Your media will NOT be returned.
The file should be at least one gigabyte (1 GB). If not, it is likely that there is something wrong.
If we cannot play your film on our equipment, it may be disqualified, and it may not be shown. We highly recommend you submit a second copy of your film in the SD/NTSC regular DVD format just in case we cannot use your Quicktime version.
Final Cut Pro Instructions
Note: These instructions are intended to assist you in exporting your film in our approved Quicktime format. They may or may not work for you. They are merely intended to serve as guidelines, and may not work with your film, footage, or equipment. We recommend that you test these instructions with your set-up in advance. If they do not work for you, you should export a Quicktime file that meets our specifications using another method, or submit your film in one of the other formats that we accept.
For Final Cut Pro users, creating a self-contained Quicktime is as easy as this:
- Open your sequence
- make sure your sequence settings are set to:
Frame size: 720x480
Pixel aspect ratio: NTSC
Field dominance: Lower
Editing timebase: 29.97
- In the menu, go to: File > Export > Quicktime (not Quicktime conversion)
- Make sure "make movie self-contained" is checked.
- Then burn a data DVD with the file on it or copy the file onto the USB flash drive. (The file will look like a Final Cut Pro file, not a Quicktime file. Don't worry about that. That's fine.)
If your sequence is not set to the specs above, make a new sequence with said specs, and call it Output. Then take the sequence with your movie in it, drag and drop it into the Output sequence (yes, a sequence within a sequence!), render it, check it out, then export as above.
Note: These instructions may or may not work for you. They are merely intended to serve as guidelines, and may not work with your film, footage, or equipment. We recommend that you test these instructions with your set-up in advance. If they do not work for you, you should export a Quicktime file that meets our specifications using another method, or submit your film in one of the other formats that we accept.
For Avid users, this is also a fairly easy process, but make sure that the Quicktime does not contain Avid codecs. Depending on your flavor of Avid, you should do something like this:
- In the menu, go to: File > Export
- Choose the "Send to Quicktime Movie" from the Export Settings drop-down box.
- Click on Options.
- Choose "Custom", 720x480, preferably in the Uncompressed 4-2-2 Quicktime format.
- Then burn a data DVD with the file on it or copy the file to a USB flash drive.
Vegas Pro Instructions
Note: These instructions may or may or may not work for you. They are merely intended to serve as guidelines, and may not work with your film, footage, or equipment. We recommend that you test these instructions with your set-up in advance. If they do not work for you, you should export a Quicktime file that meets our specifications using another method, or submit your film in one of the other formats that we accept.
This process should work for some versions of Vegas Pro:
- In the menu, go to: File > Render As
- Set "Save as type" to "Quicktime 7 (*.mov)"
- Set "Template" to "Default Template (uncompressed)" (i.e., audio 44.1kHz 16 bit stereo, video 29.970fps, 720x480x32)
- Click "Custom".
- Click the "Video" tab.
- Set "Video Format" to "DV/DVCPRO - NTSC".
- Export the file.
- Then burn it onto a data DVD with the file on it or copy the file to a USB flash drive.
-Many thanks to the 48 Hour Film Project for these instructions. www.48hourfilm.com